Sunday, November 19, 2017

Gather Together


Here in America this week many of us will gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving. 

There is something special about sharing a meal, conversation and gratefulness with family and friends.

For me personally it is a favorite holiday of the year.   I love all the traditional dishes this season brings...especially pie!!

The laughter shared, stories told and good memories make the day a big part of gratitude which enriches the spirit.

In considering the gathering together I am reminded of an old hymn that is a Netherlands Folk song.  Hope you enjoy.

 God Bless and have a wonderful holiday and week.

Debbie

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Joy

 Today I found joy in the lingering fall colors...












Baking a pie...













Romping with two friends...













Painting lovely flowers ... (a gift from my Mom)

















Reading an inspirational book by Brenda Waggoner...












and reflecting on God's great love.













Perhaps you will share what brought you joy today.

Have a great week!

Hugs Debbie


Sunday, November 5, 2017

November Day

There was a lovely hush as the moon began to slip away.













Softly dawn's light began to awaken the hills.














A rosy glow filled the sky.













Yes a lovely November day was on its way!


Hope you have one too.

God Bless!

Debbie


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Encouragement

In this mixed up world where evil seems to persist one often finds themselves searching for encouragement.

This passage in Psalms has helped me...maybe it will you too.

"Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong;









for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.

Trust in the Lord and do good;  dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture."  Psalm 37: 1-3 (NIV)











May all of you be encouraged this week.

God Bless!

Debbie






   

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Found

Dear Friends we found autumn! 













We took a lovely country ride and guess what...












 we spotted some lovely color












along with a few scarecrows














to welcome in the season.












So glad we found it.

Thank you for taking time to stop and visit.
Have a lovely week.

Hugs Debbie

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Where is Autumn?

Many of us in this part of the world have been asking where is autumn?









Our vibrant fall colors are missing.
The temperatures remain unseasonably warm.











Summer flowers are still blooming...












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Even I have returned to painting spring subjects.
















Today the wind is blowing.   That often signals a change in the weather.  Just maybe it will bring some of autumn's glory.   Hope so!

Take care friends and have a blessed week.

Hugs
Debbie









Sunday, October 8, 2017

An Unusual Surprise

October brought an unusual surprise...

a sweet violet blooming in autumn's sunshine. 

They generally are one of April's gifts.

Upon searching found three more bravely poking their heads above fall's debris.

Just goes to show that each season may delight us with unusual surprises.

Hope you enjoyed seeing a bit of spring in October.

Have a blessed week.

Hugs Debbie


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Favorite Psalm

This week a dear friend in an email ask me if I had a favorite Psalm.

I had to ponder this question a bit.
There are 150 chapters to this beloved book.

After careful consideration I chose Psalm 139. It begins with O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. "

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  your works are wonderful, I know that full well... all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be...

Search me, O God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting."  vs. 14 - 16 - 23 & 24. (NIV)

Thank you for letting me share a favorite Psalm with you.   Hope if you have one - you will share too!

Have a wonderful week.

Hugs Debbie 

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Thoughts from the Hedgerow

The hedgerow is a good place to gather one's thoughts.

Life can be similar in appearance.












There may be much to entangle.












Thorny brambles reach out and cling...they cause pain...












so does stinging nettle.













It is in the act of "looking up" that one becomes free.












                                                                                 

Free to see spots of joy in the midst of briers...












beauty to replace the sting...














and abundance to cover the hurt!


Sweet friends do we not all have a "hedgerow"?

I know I do.

May we all find the path that sets us free.

"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."  John 8:36 (NIV)

Hugs from the Hedgerow
Debbie
















Sunday, September 17, 2017

Beckons

From the hedgerow September beckons.  It displays such lovely colors.














 Shades of auburn...
















                     
                   Peachy oranges


                 Soft lavenders
     
and dark grapes.















 Isn't it amazing how September's hedgerow gently calls us into autumn's colorful show?













We hope you enjoyed your time here.   Please come back soon.    So glad  when you do!

P.S. Update -Was happy to hear from my blogging friends in Fla.  They are safe.   Thanks for all of you who took time to "look up" with me.

God Bless!



Saturday, September 9, 2017

Challenge

I am finding it a challenge to write a post this week. 
My heart is with all those who are in the path of hurricane Irma.
Many of my blogging friends are in the south.   Praying they stay safe. 

                                   
    Two of them posted earlier this week.  Barbara Joan at Art Hearts Journey  and Kathy Catching Happiness.   Both mentioned concern in their post. 

 It seems as if nothing quite prepares one for storms.   Even when you are given notice decisions often have to be made quickly.  

Will be spending time tonight "Looking up".   God Bless!

Hugs Debbie

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Prayers of Encouragement

Sending up prayers of encouragement for those in Texas and Louisiana who have lost loved ones, their homes and businesses.

Many of us will be celebrating a three day weekend here in the U.S.  Amidst the celebration perhaps you will take a moment to pause and "look up" for Harvey's victims.
I will join you.

"The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."  James 5:16b (NIV)

God Bless

Debbie

Sunday, August 27, 2017

A Timeless Request

"Looking Up"
  "Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men."  Titus 3:1-2 (NIV)

If folks would follow this timeless request perhaps lives would not be lost, hate would be gone and peace would reign.  

Isn't it time we overcame evil with choosing to do good?  I am ready - how about you?

Have a blessed week.

Hugs Debbie

Sunday, August 20, 2017

August's Treasures

Here are some of August's Treasures.
 Morning Sky

Rose of Sharon
A Hummingbird favorite! 


Color Changes


Joe Pie Weed - Goldenrod - Iron weed
Great trio!
Morning Glories & Veggies Galore!
   There are the sweet sounds of the Crickets chirping and the locust song...

Foggy mornings and warm sunny afternoons. 

These are but a few of August's treasures.
Hope you enjoyed them.

Hugs Debbie   

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